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2022 Family Favorites Winners: Business Services

Think of this Family Favorites section as the speed dial within the section. You’ll find every service provider for various walks of life from restaurants and coffee shops to auto dealerships and car repair, home improvement and real estate, and care for the soul and the pets. Below are your 2022 Businesses and Service Family Favorites winners.

Family-Friendly Restaurant

WINNER: Malawi’s Pizza

Malawi’s Pizza – Pizza with a Purpose is a locally owned and operated, fast-casual dining concept offering gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts served with the freshest ingredients.

 

Top Picks

  • Sedona Taphouse
  • Juan Moore Taco FXBG
  • El Patron
  • Basilico Italian Market and New York Deli

Coffee Shop

WINNER: Hyperion Espresso

A popular coffee stop and meeting place for locals and visitors since 1994.

 

Top Picks

  • Agora Downtown Coffee Shop
  • Italian Station
  • Starbuck’s
  • Witches Brew CafĂ©

Central Park Shop

WINNER: Lazy Daisy Gift Store

We specialize in upcycled and restyled furniture and home décor. You will also find a variety of handmade gifts, gorgeous jewelry and other one-of-a-kind finds.

 

Top Picks 

  • Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Little Fish Swimming

4th Place Tie

  • Chalk N’ More
  • Krispy Kreme

Specialty Food Shop

WINNERS (Three-Way Tie): Carl’s Frozen Custard • Cool Cat Cupcakes • Paul’s Bakery

 

Carl’s Custard

Happy Birthday 75th year! Open late: 11a.m.-11p.m. Sun thru Thurs; 11a.m.-11:30p.m. Fri and Sat. Frozen custard made fresh daily until it runs out! Please note, cash only.

Cool Cat Cupcakes

Driven by a passion to make delicious cupcakes for those with food allergies, we cater school parti es, birthdays, events, weddings and more! Order online at: coolcatcupcakes.com.

Paul’s Bakery

A third-generation family bakery founded in 1973 serving donuts, bread, brownies, eclairs, cakes, cinnamon buns, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, pies and more


House Of Worship

WINNER: Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church

With 11 Sunday Masses, over 80 active ministries and 18,000+ parishioners, members serve the church and community through education, liturgy, outreach and parish life! Each person offers a unique contribution and we welcome you! For details call 540-373-6491 or visit stmaryfred.org.

Top Picks

  • Saint Patrick Catholic Church
  • Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church

5th Place Tie

  • Crossroads Church
  • Lifepoint Church

Auto Mechanic

WINNER: Little Tire Co. Tire Pros

At Little Tire Co. Tire Pros, we take care of our customers with a simple, straightforward approach to tire and auto service. Stop by any of our three Fredericksburg locations for a hassle-free experience!

Top Picks

  • Firestone Complete Auto Care
  • Lail’s European Auto Repair

4th Place Tie

  • Merryman’s Service Center
  • Pohanka Honda of FXBG
  • Progressive Auto

Car Dealership

WINNER: CarMax

 No-hassle buying and selling, plus a 30-day money back guarantee (up to 1,500 miles). 10400 Southpoint Parkway; Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407 carmax.com/stores/7291

 

Top Picks (2nd Place Tie) 

  • Pohanka Honda
  • Sheehy Toyota
  • Purvis Ford Inc.
  • Safford Dodge Jeep

Mall Shop

WINNER: Saxon Shoes

From trendy to traditional—shoes, sandals, cool sneakers and accessories. Saxon has Virginia’s largest selection of shoes and accessories for men, women and children.

TOP PICKS (2nd Place Tie) 

  • Penny Lanes
  • Torrid

3rd Place Tie

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
  • Malawi’s Pizza

Doggie Daycare And Boarding

WINNER: Dogtopia

Dogtopia is the premier dog daycare facility in Fredericksburg! We are a Dogtopia certified Top Dog Facility, recognized for maintaining the highest standards of safety and cleanliness for your pup. We lead with the Dogtopia Foundation and are committed to sponsoring service dogs for veterans and others in need.

Top Picks

  • The Ruff House
  • England Run Veterinary Clinic
  • Dog Crazy Inc.

5th Place Tie

  • Calypso Kennels
  • White Oak
  • Animal Hospital

Veterinarian

WINNER: White Oak Animal Hospital

White Oak Animal Hospital is a multi-service practice offering veterinary care, chiropractic medicine, pet grooming, pet boarding and dog training (including daily group play) to the community since 1996

Top Picks 

  • Tidewater Trail Animal Hospital

3rd Place Tie

  • Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital
  • England Run Vet Clinic
  • Ferry Farm Animal Clinic

Plumber

WINNER: Dupeé Plumbing

Thank you for voting Dupeé Plumbing, Inc. a FredParent Family Favorite winner again! We will continue to treat every customer as we would our own family!

Top Picks

  • Total Comfort Heating and AC
  • Robinson Plumbing

4th Place Tie

  • Jim Hunt Plumbing
  • Marines Plumbing Service of Manassas
  • Michael and Sons
  • Plumbing Police, LLC

Realtor

 WINNER: NEST Realty

Nest is a real estate brokerage built around people and the passionate moves they make. That’s why we put our time, talent, and hearts into building relationships. Our goal is to make the process of buying and selling real estate happy, exhilarating, fun and worth sharing.

Top Picks

  • Amy Cherry Taylor & Associates
  • Justin Brown
  • Clay Murray, Pathway Realty
  • Holt For Homes, Inc.

Home Builders

WINNER: Halsey Homes

Thank You for choosing us as Fredericksburg’s Favorite Builder four years in a row! Halsey Homes is a custom home builder focused on providing superior quality and customer service with an emphasis on energy efficiency and green building techniques on all of our projects.

Top Picks (2nd Place Tie) 

  • Caroline Co. Habitat for Humanity
  • Ryan Homes
  • Aaronal Homes

4th Place Tie

  • Atlantic Builders
  • Battlefield Homes, Inc.
  • Bee There Contractor
  • J. Hall Homes

Home Improvement/Handyman

WINNER: Grass Roots Lawn and Landscaping

Grass Roots Lawn and Landscaping is a local, fully-insured, family-owned business. Our customer’s satisfaction is our main focus. Thanks for choosing us a FredParent Family Favorite winner.

Top Picks

  • Fletcher Construction

3rd Place Tie

  • Abby Construction Co. Inc.
  • Bee There Contractor
  • S&K Remodeling

HEATING AND A/C

WINNER: Robert B. Payne, Inc.

Since 1930 Robert B. Payne, Inc. has been serving the Fredericksburg area for heating and air conditioning. Today we continue to provide honest service and take pride in our work. We’re looking forward to 90 more years of making your family’s comfort our family business. Thank you for your continued dedication.

Top Picks

  • HVAC Specialists of VA

3rd Place 6-way Tie

  • Childress Heating & Cooling
  • Comfort Heating & Cooling
  • Garnett Heating and AC
  • REV Locust Grove, VA
  • Spotsylvania Courthouse Heating & AC
  • Total Comfort Heating & AC

Downtown Fredericksburg Shop

WINNER: Benny Vitali’s

We are honored and humbled to win the FredParent Family Favorites contest. We greatly appreciate the continued support of this amazing community and hope to see you soon!

 

Top Picks (2nd Place Tie)

  • Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
  • Goolricks Pharmacy
  • Heather

4th Place Tie

  • Fraser Wood Elements
  • Whittingham

Local Non-Profit

WINNER: SPCA

The Fred SPCA is a non-profit, life-saving organization dedicated to helping Virginia reach no-kill status by 2025. Saving thousands of homeless animals a year and caring for 200-plus cats and dogs daily. Now offering our community affordable veterinary care, behavior training and humane education programs.

Top Picks

  • Fairy Godmother Project
  • Rappahannock Area YMCA
  • Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
  • Micah Ministries

Hair Salon

WINNER: Hair Mosaics

At Hair Mosaics Salon Company, our mission is to create a better world by celebrating and elevating the unique beauty in all of us. We are proud of our 30-plus years serving this community.

Top Picks

  • Venus Nails and Spa
  • Sindy’s Nails & Spa
  • Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

5th Place Tie

  • Massage Envy
  • Radiant Wellness Massage

Massage/Day Spa

WINNER: Collage Spa

At our core, we create customized experiences that are tailored to the individual. Our massage, skincare and nail services are results driven, but we also incorporate other sensory elements to deliver an exceptional spa experience. We know there isn’t one solution to wellness, so our combination of elements and modalities is our advantage. This approach is the beauty of Collage.

 

Top Picks (2nd Place Tie)

  • Salon 730
  • Salon Jolie

3rd Place Tie 

  • Spoiled Beauties
  • Barry’s Beautiful Beginnings
  • Tulip Salon & Spa

Consignment Shop

WINNER: Marty’s Mercantile

I’m a thrift store with antiques and great items at low prices! All the money I make as profit is spent to send kids ages 8-12 to FCA power camp. This year I have 10 kids going! I closed my brick-and-mortar shop at the end of May and will be selling online for mail or delivery in the Fredericksburg area.

 

Top Picks 

  • Provisions Thrift Store
  • Lazy Daisy Gift Store
  • Goodwill Fredericksburg Superstore

4th Place Tie

  • Once Upon a Child
  • The Salvation Army

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